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Encrypted Traffic Insights Overview

Access this page from the Monitor > Encrypted Traffic menu.

Encrypted traffic insights helps you to detect malicious threats that are hidden in encrypted traffic without intercepting and decrypting the traffic.

Benefits of encrypted traffic insights

  • Monitors network traffic for threats without breaking the encryption of the traffic, thereby adhering to data privacy laws.

  • Erases the need for additional hardware or network changes to set up and manage the network:

    • The SRX Series device provides the required metadata (such as known malicious certificates and connection details) and connection patterns to ATP Cloud.

    • The ATP Cloud provides behavior analysis and machine learning capabilities.

  • Provides greater visibility and policy enforcement over encrypted traffic without requiring resource-intensive SSL decryption:

    • Based on the network behaviors analyzed by ATP Cloud, the network connections are classified as malicious or benign.

  • Adds an additional layer of protection beyond traditional information security solutions to help organizations reduce and manage risk.

  • Ensures no latency as we do not decrypt the traffic.

Table 1 lists the information that is available on the Encrypted Traffic Insights page.

Table 1: Encrypted Traffic Insights

Field

Guideline

External Server IP

The IP address of the external server.

External Server Hostname

The host name of the external server.

Highest Threat Level

The threat level on the external server based on encrypted traffic insights.

Count

The number of times hosts on the network have attempted to contact this server.

Country

The country where the external server is located.

Last Seen

The date and time of the most recent external server hit.

Category

Additional category information known about this server, for example, botnets, malware, etc.

Encrypted Traffic Insights and Detection

The encrypted traffic insights combines rapid response and network analysis (both static and dynamic) to detect and remediate malicious activity hidden in encrypted sessions. Figure 1 shows the staged approach for encrypted traffic insights.

Figure 1: Encrypted Traffic Insights and DetectionEncrypted Traffic Insights and Detection

Workflow

This section provides the topology and workflow to perform encrypted traffic insights.

Figure 2 shows the logical topology of encrypted traffic insights workflow.

Figure 2: Topology for encrypted traffic insightsTopology for encrypted traffic insights

Step

Description

1

A client host, who is located behind an SRX Series device requests a file to be downloaded from the Internet.

2

The SRX series device receives the response from the Internet. The SRX series device extracts the server certificate from the session and compares its signature with the blocklist certificate signatures. If a match occurs, then connection is blocked.

Note:

The Juniper Networks ATP Cloud feed keeps the SRX device up to date with a feed of certificates associated with known malware sites.

3

The SRX device collects the metadata and connection statistics and sends it to the ATP Cloud for analysis.

4

The ATP Cloud performs behavioral analysis to classify the traffic as benign or malicious.

5

If a malicious connection is detected, the threat score of the host is recalculated. If the new score is above the threshold, then the client host is added to infected host list, The client host might be blocked based on policy configurations on SRX Series devices.

Configurations on SRX Series Devices

To enable encrypted traffic insights on SRX Series devices, include the following CLI configurations:

  1. Configure the advanced-anti-malware (AAMW) policy.
  2. Configure the SecIntel profile and policy.
  3. Configure the security-metadata-streaming policy.

  4. Attach the security-metadata-streaming policy to a security firewall policy.

Use the show services security-metadata-streaming statistics command to view the statistics of security metadata streaming policy.

show services security-metadata-streaming statistics

To view the list of servers that are allowlisted for encrypted traffic insights, use the show services security-metadata-streaming whitelist command.

show services security-metadata-streaming whitelist